Best of 2016: Top 25 golf destinations

The best golf destination, based on your reviews in 2016, is a familiar, world-class getaway. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
Grand Geneva, Wisconsin, is a popular destination thanks to resorts like the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor)
Hartford has some sneaky good golf, starting with Wintonbury Hills Golf Course in Connecticut. (Courtesy of Billy Casper Golf)
No. 23: Minneapolis-St. Paul has some excellent and affordable courses like Chaska Town Course, a municipal course designed by Arthur Hills. (Courtesy of Chaska Town Course)
No. 22: Outside Philadelphia, Lancaster has a pleasant, rural feel to it at courses like Royal Manchester. (Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor)
No. 21: The famous Putter Boy statue watches over the five courses that operate out of the main clubhouse at Pinehurst. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor)
No. 20: Madison, Wisconsin is home to a collection of courses like University Ridge Golf Course, home of the Badgers. (Courtesy of University Ridge G.C.)
Located between Gaylord and Traverse City, Shanty Creek is a top retreat in Northern Michigan. (Courtesy of Shanty Creek Resorts)
The Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn is among the many standouts in the Bend area. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor )
Reno-Lake Tahoe has spectacular golf, including Tahoe's north shore at Incline Village's Championship Course, originally designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and renovated in 2003. (Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor)
Ontario's Muskoka destination earned high marks from raters in 2016. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor)

We've spent much of 2017 showcasing the best golf courses of 2016 according to your ratings and reviews. Now, it's time to look at the destinations as the total sum of its parts. We looked at each destination's review count and rating averages to determine which ones left golfers most satisfied in 2016.

Our destinations are determined based on courses within a 30-mile radius from the destination's center point. A minimum of 100 reviews were needed within the destination in 2016 to be considered. (We combined several destinations for this list that are close enough together there were many overlapping courses, including Gaylord-Traverse City, Seattle-Tacoma and Reno-Lake Tahoe).

The result is a list with a mix of bucket-list destinations (in fact, our No. 1 destination may be America's most coveted) and some lesser-known hotspots that may be worth a look if you're in the area. We've also included the top-rated course within the destination based on 2016 reviews. Many of these destinations earned a spot in our Golf Advisor Top 50 courses in the U.S. or subcategory lists.


Click on each destination to see their Top 10 courses according to your ratings, as well as articles and more courses to play.

Top 25 golf destinations in 2016, based on your ratings and reviews

25. Miami, Florida

Top course: Red Tiger at Trump National Doral Miami

24. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Top Course: White Birch at Brighton Dale Links

23. Hartford, Connecticut

Top Course: Wintonbury Hills

22. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota

Top Course: Chaska Town Course

21. Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Top Course: Royal Manchester Golf Links

20. Pinehurst, North Carolina

Top course: Tobacco Road

19. Madison, Wisconsin

Top course: Hawk's Landing Golf Club

18. Destin, Florida

Top course: Kelly Plantation Golf Club

17. Raleigh, North Carolina

Top course: UNC Finley Golf Club

16. Las Vegas, Nevada

Top course: Sun Mountain at Las Vegas Paiute

15. San Antonio, Texas

Top Course: Palmer Course at La Cantera Hill Country Resort

14. Palm Springs, California

Top Course: Classic Club

13. Seattle-Tacoma, Washington

Top course: Olympic Course at Gold Mountain

12. Naples, Florida

Top course: The Rookery at Marco

11. Reno-Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Top course: Championship course at Incline Village

10. Knoxville, Tennessee

Top course: River Course at Sevierville

9. Dublin, Ireland

Top course: Killeen Castle

8. Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Top course: Kings Way Course at the Club at Yarmouthport

7. Augusta, Georgia

Top Course: Bartram Trail Golf Club

6. Bend, Oregon

Top course: Woodlands at Sunriver Resort

5. Glasgow, Scotland

Top course: Glasgow Gailes

4. Branson, Missouri

Top Course: Buffalo Ridge Springs

3. Traverse City-Gaylord, Michigan

Top course: Cedar River at Shanty Creek

2. Muskoka, Canada

Top Course: Deerhurst Highlands Course at Deerhurst Highlands Resort

1. Monterey Peninsula, California

Top course: Bayonet at Bayonet/BlackHorse

Mar 27, 2017

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Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.

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